Ah, Audra. You’ll have been to the White House so many times they’re going to give you your own room.
Audra McDonald, Fresno’s hometown Broadway star, adds another honor to the many she’s received already – including her record number of Tony awards – with a National Medal of Arts.
She’ll be in good company (pun intended) at Thursday morning’s awards ceremony at the White House. Fellow winners include Mel Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Philip Glass, Moises Kaufman and San Juan Bautista’s Luis Valdez.
The ceremony is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m. Pacific. Watch it here:
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President Barack Obama will present the 2015 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in the morning in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “These National Medal of Arts recipients have helped to define our nation’s cultural legacy through the artistic excellence of their creative traditions, and I join the President in congratulating and thanking them for their contributions.”
On her Facebook page, McDonald said simply: “Honored to be included alongside so many brilliant and inspirational artists!”